Toronto at Seattle

W: M. Batista (8-6) L: R. Halladay (9-3)
HR: TOR - None   SEA - None

Mariners beat Halladay, Jays for seventh straight win

CBS wire reports

SEATTLE -- Miguel Batista scrambled to match Roy Halladay long enough for Seattle's offense to finally solve the Toronto ace.

Batista carefully pitched into the seventh inning, Ben Broussard tied a career-high with four hits and the Mariners beat the Blue Jays 8-3 on Saturday night for their seventh straight win.

It's Seattle longest win streak since a nine-game surge from May 27 to June 5, 2003. The Mariners improved to 9-2 on their current 12-game homestand.

"His bad nights, for anyone else in the league is a good night. Roy is an amazing pitcher," said Batista, a former teammate of Halladay's in Toronto during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. "For the guys to score three runs off him, that's a good night."

Halladay (9-3) wasn't battered around, but gave up 10 hits -- four in the sixth inning alone, when Seattle took the lead for good. The former Cy Young winner allowed three runs and struck out three, losing for the first time since May 10 against Boston. He had been 5-0 in his last six starts.

"They make you work," Halladay said of Seattle's lineup. "They get a little bit of a lead and that makes it tough."

Tied at 1 in the sixth, Broussard lined a one-out single and advanced to second on Kenji Johjima's groundout. Broussard then scored on Adrian Beltre's single to center, and after Beltre moved up on a wild pitch, Yuniesky Betancourt hit an RBI single to left.

Seattle added five more in the seventh off Toronto's bullpen, sending nine batters to the plate. Broussard scored a pair on his fourth single -- a flare over the drawn in infield. It was his seventh career four-hit game.

Mostly used as a pinch-hitter this season, Broussard has gotten more regular at-bats during Seattle's current homestand because of an injury to Raul Ibanez. Broussard has driven in eight runs in his last six games.

"I think it's taught me a lot about my swing. Sometimes you don't feel good and you've got to get in there and find a way," Broussard said. "It's been nice to get some (at-bats) and some consistent playing time."

Batista (8-6) left with one-out in the seventh after giving up a single to pinch-hitter Howie Clark and walking Alex Rios on four pitches. It was his fifth walk and almost half of Batista's 116 pitches were balls.

Sean Green ended the threat with an inning-ending double play from Gregg Zaun.

"We worked Batista pretty good," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He just didn't buckle."

Seattle first got to Halladay in the fifth. Betancourt snapped an 0-for-14 slump with a leadoff single, and went to second on Willie Bloomquist's sacrifice bunt. Suzuki then chopped Halladay's pitch off the plate about 10 feet up the first base line. Halladay fielded the ball instead of letting it land and potentially roll foul, and Suzuki reached first and Betancourt advanced to third.

Betancourt then scored on Jose Vidro's one-out, broken-bat sacrifice fly to shallow left, beating Adam Lind's throw to the plate.

"We ran the bases aggressively, ran them well, and forced some issues," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said.

Toronto got even in the sixth without a hit. Vernon Wells walked, advanced to second on a wild pitch and went to third on Troy Glaus' fly out down the right field line.

Instead of walking Frank Thomas and setting up a double play, Batista pitched to the slugger. Thomas hit a fly ball to left-center that Suzuki raced over to catch. Wells tagged and kicked the ball from Johjima's glove as he slid across the plate.


  • Seattle 2B Jose Lopez was a late scratch from the lineup with back spasms. Hargrove said Lopez thought the back would loosen before the game and it didn't. Bloomquist started in his place.
  • Halladay failed to complete at least seven innings for just the second time in his last seven starts.
  • Seattle LHP Horacio Ramirez made his first rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma, pitching four innings and giving up six hits and six runs against Salt Lake.
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Roy Halladay isn't terrible, but he allows three runs on 10 hits and loses for the first time since May 10.    (AP)
Roy Halladay isn't terrible, but he allows three runs on 10 hits and loses for the first time since May 10. (AP)

Players of the Game

F. Thomas
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0

B. Broussard
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0

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Gregg Zaun, C4000003 .231
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Vernon Wells, CF4210101 .247
Troy Glaus, 3B3010102 .276
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    Royce Clayton, SS1000000 .235
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2B - Alex Rios (20, O'Flaherty), Vernon Wells (21, Green)
SF - Frank Thomas (2)
RBI - Curtis Thigpen (4), Frank Thomas 2 (40)
2-OUT RBI - Curtis Thigpen (1)
Team LOB - 9
E - Roy Halladay (2, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay (L,9-3) 61033030 4.27
Jason Frasor0233100 4.11
Brian Tallet 2222110 3.09
WP - Roy Halladay (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 105-72, Jason Frasor 16-7, Brian Tallet 33-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 9-6, Brian Tallet 2-3
Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 28, Jason Frasor 3, Brian Tallet 9
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF5030003 .368
Jose Vidro, DH4111022 .295
Jose Guillen, RF4100103 .260
Richie Sexson, 1B5111011 .211
Ben Broussard, LF4142000 .303
    Jason Ellison, PR-LF0100000 .161
Kenji Johjima, C3100112 .299
Adrian Beltre, 3B4111002 .258
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3122001 .283
Willie Bloomquist, 2B3021000 .295
2B - Richie Sexson (14, Frasor)
SF - Jose Vidro (3), Yuniesky Betancourt (3)
SH - Willie Bloomquist (2)
RBI - Jose Vidro (23), Richie Sexson (48), Ben Broussard 2 (17), Adrian Beltre (32), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (30), Willie Bloomquist (11)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre (15), Yuniesky Betancourt (11), Willie Bloomquist (4)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (23, 2nd base off Halladay/Zaun), Adrian Beltre (6, 2nd base off Halladay/Zaun)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Betancourt-Bloomquist-Sexson, Green-Betancourt-Sexson
E - Willie Bloomquist (2, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Miguel Batista (W,8-6) 6.1511520 4.63
Sean Green (H,3) 1211000 2.70
Eric O'Flaherty 1.2211000 2.28
WP - Miguel Batista (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 116-61, Sean Green 17-11, Eric O'Flaherty 24-16
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Game Information
Attendance - 36102
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Randy Marsh